How many people walk the Camino?

Introduction -How many people walked the Camino 2017

In this article, you will discover the number of pilgrims who walk the camino.

 The quick answer is 301,036 people walked the camino in 2017. 

Camino Pilgrims - Breakdown by sex 2017

153,169 were male (50.88%).

147,867 were female (49.12%).

Camino Pilgrims - mode of transport 2017

92.51% travelled on foot.

7.29% travelled by bicycle.

0.14% travelled on horse.

0.05% travelled by sail.

0.01% travelled by wheelchair

Breakdown of pilgrims by nationality 2017

Nationality 2017

1. Spanish

2. Italian

3. German

4. USA

5. Portuguese

6. French

7. Irish

8. United Kingdom

9. Brazilian

10. Korean

11. Polish

12. Australian

13. Canadian

14. Dutch

15. Mexican

16. Argentinian

17. Danish

18. Belgian

19. Czech Republic 

20. Columbian

Percentage 2017

  44.01%

  8.99%

  7.72%

  5.82%

  4.30%

 2.93%

 2.21%

  1.92%

  1.70%

 1.70%

  1.68%

  1.62%

  1.53%

  1.17%

  1.03%

  0.87%

  0.76%

  0.69%

  0.62%

  0.58%

Breakdown of pilgrims by age 2017

Age

30-60 years of age

less than 30 years of age

more than 60 years of age

Number of pilgrims

54.69%

27.92%

17.39%

Breakdown of Camino route taken 2017

Camino route taken 2017

Camino Francés

Camino Portugués

Camino del Norte

Camino Primitivo

Camino Inglés

Vía de la Plata

Camino Portugués de la Costa

Muxia-Finisterre

Camino de Invierno

Other caminos

Num / % of Pilgrims 2017

187,737 (60.04%)

59,233 (19.68%)

17,836 (5.92%)

13,685 (4.55%)

11,321 (3.76%)

9,138 (3.04%)

7,329 (2.43%)

665 (0,22%)

555 (0,18%)

537 (0,1 8%)

Introduction -How many people walked the Camino 2016

In this article, you will discover the number of pilgrims who walk the camino.

 The quick answer is 277,854 people walked the camino in 2016. 

Camino Pilgrims - Breakdown by sex 2016

144,034 were male (51.84%).

133,820 were female (48.16%).

Camino Pilgrims - mode of transport 2016

91.42% travelled on foot.

8.4% travelled by bicycle.

0.12% travelled on horse.

0.04% travelled by wheelchair

0.01% travelled by sail.

Breakdown of pilgrims by nationality 2016

Nationality 2016

1. Spanish

2. Italian

3. German

4. USA

5. Portuguese

6. French

7. Irish

8. United Kingdom

9. Korean

10. Australian

11. Brazilian

12. Canadian

13. Polish

14. Dutch

15. Danish

16. Mexican

17. Belgian

18. Argentinian

19. Austrian

20. Japanese

Percentage 2016

  44.71%

  8.62%

  7.64%

  5.48%

  4.77%

  3.19%

  2.35%

  2.18%

  1.63%

  1.60%

  1.57%

  1.57%

  1.41%

  1.32%

  0.93%

  0.84%

  0.76%

  0.74%

  0.60%

  0.53%

Breakdown of pilgrims by age 2016

Age

30-60 years of age

less than 30 years of age

more than 60 years of age

Number of pilgrims

55.12%

27.16%

17.72%

Breakdown of Camino route taken 2016

The Camino Francés is by far and away the most popular route amongst pilgrims.

Camino route taken 2016

Camino Francés

Camino Portugués

Camino del Norte

Camino Primitivo

Camino Inglés

Vía de la Plata

Camino Portugués de la Costa

Muxia-Finisterre

Other caminos

Camino de Invierno

Num / % of Pilgrims 2016

176,075 (63.37%)

49,538 (17.83%)

17,289 (6.22%)

12,089 (4.35%)

9,703 (3.49%)

9,067 (3.26%)

2,600 (0.94%)

770 (0.28%)

436 (0.16%)

287 (0,.0%)

Annual number of pilgrims since 1986

The data below shows how the popularity of the Camino has grown over the years.

Papal visits and Holy Years tend to result in a "spike" in the figures.

The trend since 2011 reveals a healthy upward trend in the number  of pilgrims, with numbers growing significantly year to year.

Year

1986

1987

1988

1989 (Pope's visit)

1990

1991

1992

1993 (Holy Year)

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999 (Holy Year)

2000 (Jubilee Year)

2001

2002

2003

2004 (Holy Year)

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010 (Holy Year)

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Total number of Pilgrims

  2,491

2,905

  3,501

  5,760

  4,918

  7,274

  9,764

  99,439

  15,863

  19,821

  23,218

  25,179

  30,126

  154,613

  55,004

  61,418

 68,952

 74,614

 179,944

  93,924

  100,377

  114,026

 125,141

  145,877

  272,135

  183,366

 192,499

215,880

237,886

262,459

277,915

301,036

Conclusion

This data comes from : https://oficinadelperegrino.com/estadisticas/.

It has a wealth of information about the Camino and is well worth a visit.

One piece of information that stuck out to me in the 2016 data.

It was this: 

If I am interpreting the data correctly:

  1. 19 pilgrims had walked all the way from different parts of the United Kingdom.
  2.  10 pilgrims had come from different parts of the United Kingdom and had taken the Camino Inglés (The English Way) in Spain.
  3. 7 pilgrims had walked all the way from the UK using the Camino Francés (in Spain)
  4. 6 pilgrims from Ireland had taken the Camino Inglés (in Spain).

Food for thought!